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Infographic – Most of US Tries Plant Food Alternatives

Chart: Plant-based food consumption

Click on image for full-size view (Statista)

29 Jan. 2022. For the past two years, Science & Enterprise reported on start-up companies developing plant-based alternatives to animal food sources. This week, the business research company Statista posted a chart showing alternative sources for animal food proteins from plants are beginning to gain traction in the U.S.

The data come from a Statista poll as part of its Global Consumer Survey that includes a section on food and nutrition. Statista sampled 1,043 adults in the U.S. in December 2021 asking if they consumed plant-based alternatives to meat, fish, or dairy products in the previous three months. A majority of respondents (58%) said they ate or drank at least one plant-based alternative to meat, fish, or dairy, while 42 percent said they did not.

Not surprisingly, those products on the market longer have more consumers. For example, more than a quarter of respondents (28%) consumed milk alternatives, such as from oats or almonds, while 13 percent said they ate plant-based alternatives to fish or seafood, relatively new to the market. Only about two in 10 (22%) say they tried plant-based meat alternatives, although that number may rise as fast-food outlets add them to their menus.

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